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an uncontrolled fight or crowd of people
  • How to Memorize
    • melee - brawl
  • Analysis

    The word ‘melee’ is used to describe a fight or brawl involving a number of people, or a large, uncontrolled crowd. In both cases, it emphasizes the element of chaos and confusion which also brings with it an increased sense of danger and unpredictability.

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  • Example(s)
    1. A few angry words were exchanged in the bar and next thing I know a melee erupted involving a number of different people.

    2. Thousands of protesters swarmed onto the streets and I lost sight of my brother in the melee.

    3. Bottles and rocks were thrown during the riot, and many were injured in the melee.